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Signs of Poor Attic Insulation and What to Do About It?


Have you noticed that your house is chilly or hotter than it used to be? Or, maybe the electricity bill has gone through the roof (pun intended)? This is usually a sign that you have a poorly-insulated attic.

Several signs can indicate a lack of attic insulation. From noticeable temperature changes around the house and ice dams during the winter to mold buildup and frozen pipes, these issues can be related to poor attic insulation.

But how can you tell if that’s the problem? Well, we’re here to help! In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can find out if your attic needs some more insulation or even a fully-fledged re-insulation project.

How to Tell if Your Attic Insulation Is Bad

If you’re dealing with a poorly-insulated attic, these next few signs will be clear giveaways.

Skyrocketing Electricity Bills/AC and Heater on Overdrive

Poor attic insulation essentially means that your house gets colder in the winter and hotter in the summer. So, if you’ve noticed that your electricity bills have doubled or that your heater and AC are overworking, take a quick look at your attic.

Ice Dams and Water Leaks

One clear sign of poor attic insulation is any water leaks or ice dams. While ice dams aren’t that common in sunny SoCal, either issue means that there’s insufficient insulation in your attic. Or, even worse, there are areas with no insulation at all.

Cold Drafts and Inconsistent Temperatures

One complaint we’ve usually heard before installing new attic insulation in houses is the presence of cold drafts. You know, the sudden breeze you feel when walking in the farthest room of your house. On top of this, if the temperatures around your house are inconsistent, you’ll definitely need an insulation replacement.

Rodent Infestations

If you’ve heard little footsteps in your attic during the night, you’re most likely dealing with a rodent infestation. And one thing rodents love to do is chew out holes in your attic insulation. So, you’ll need to get rid of them immediately and get professional attic cleaning services.

What Does Bad Insulation Look Like

If none of the signs we mentioned above are evident in your house, there’s still a slight chance you have an issue with your attic’s insulation. Here are a few more things you might notice if that’s the case.

  • Mold and Moisture: If your walls and ceiling are starting to get moldy, or you’ve noticed any moisture in your attic, you’ll need to replace the insulation immediately. This way, you can prevent any further damage to your roof and the entire house.
  • Old Insulation: Like most parts of our houses, attic insulation needs to be replaced occasionally. If you haven’t changed your insulation in a few years, you should contact a professional to check if you still have enough of it in your attic.
  • Frozen Pipes: While our SoCal winters are rarely that cold, frozen pipes are often a dead giveaway that there’s something wrong with the insulation.

What Can You Do for Poor Attic Insulation

When you’re dealing with signs of poor attic insulation, you’ll need to speak with a professional to reinsulate it. If you leave this issue unattended, you’re putting your entire house at risk of rotting. You can also take the DIY way if you’ve removed old attic insulation before.

We’ll Help Out With Your Poor Attic Insulation, the Green Way

Having a poorly-insulated attic will cost you a lot in the long run, both financially and health-wise. So, if you have many of the signs of poor attic insulation we mentioned above, you’ll need the help of a professional. And, if you’re in SoCal, your search is over!

At Green Rodent Restoration, we strive to make our services accessible to every household in Southern California. Not only that, but we offer complete attic cleaning and insulation services, as well as rodent control. Contact us today for a free estimate!

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